Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Feb 2013 22:39 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Google is growing increasingly concerned with Samsung's dominance of the Android - and smartphone - landscape. Supposedly, the topic is being openly discussed at Google, and as far as I'm concerned, that's great news.
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RE[2]: See ya Samsung
by pandronic on Wed 27th Feb 2013 07:52 UTC in reply to "RE: See ya Samsung"
pandronic
Member since:
2006-05-18

I bought a Galaxy S two years ago and I'm never buying a Samsung Phone ever again. The updates were horrible, and Samsung can't be bothered to update past 2.3.6. They even said that the device wasn't able to run anything newer. Well I'm running 4.2.1 on it now.

As for the hardware - the GPS barely works (also a problem on a friend's Galaxy S), the camera's external protection is easily scratched by simply putting and taking the phone out of the pocket, resulting in blurry photos (I had to buy a replacement from eBay).

And don't get me started on Touchwiz which is a total Apple ripoff. The past two years were a constant struggle to make my Android as vanilla as possible (thanks Cyanogenmod).

So, in my experience, Samsung does mediocre hardware, horrible software and doesn't care about its customers.

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RE[3]: See ya Samsung
by IndigoJo on Wed 27th Feb 2013 13:46 in reply to "RE[2]: See ya Samsung"
IndigoJo Member since:
2005-07-06

I also have a Galaxy S which I upgraded to Jelly Bean with CyanogenMod. I found that although speed was greatly improved and the constant crashes and hangs of applications stopped, the battery consumption went up dramatically. It would not last through the day if I had wi-fi or mobile internet enabled (turning these off made it last considerably longer). CyanogenMod developers have said that this is a persistent problem with Samsung S-series devices. I suspect that the application problems were down to them being optimised for ICS or JB because they had not always been happening (and I had not had an OS upgrade since getting the phone in mid-2011) and stopped when I upgraded.

The GS was quite hard-wearing though. I was tempted to buy a Motorola Defy because of its claims of supposed indestructability (which have been shown to be groundless), but this phone survived at least two drops onto hard surfaces. I never cared about the camera - I have a proper camera for taking pictures. I replaced the GS with a Galaxy Nexus this month.

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RE[4]: See ya Samsung
by pandronic on Thu 28th Feb 2013 07:35 in reply to "RE[3]: See ya Samsung"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

I also have problems with the battery life and I suspect it's to the fact that the CM devs don't have access to proper drivers.

this phone survived at least two drops onto hard surfaces


At least 5 drops on concrete here ;)

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RE[3]: See ya Samsung
by Yagami on Thu 28th Feb 2013 12:49 in reply to "RE[2]: See ya Samsung"
Yagami Member since:
2006-07-15

What ? I have a Samsung Galaxy S also , bought 2 years ago.

It still doesnt have a scratch. Camera, screen, cover is like new. ( i just bough a 10€ cover for it, white brand )

I have CM with 4.2.2 in it, running great (helly rom). I also have a Nexus 7, and the two android systems are running great.

Also speed wise, if i dont put alot of Bloaty apps on it, it runs very well.

Dont know what more would anyone want from a phone : Durability, Battery still good, probably the phone that has more ROM's not being a Nexus.

Makes me think that i dont have no reason to buy another android phone in the near or not so near future.

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